November 3, 2011
A popular anti-smoking drug greatly raises the risk of suicide and should only be used as a last resort, doctors said last night.
They say patients who take Champix are also more prone to attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts and depression than those who use nicotine patches and gums.
Champix, which was prescribed more than one million times in Britain last year, has previously been linked to heart attacks, strokes, unprovoked violence and blackouts.
Last night Curt Furberg, the professor of public health sciences behind the latest study, said: ‘The risks simply outweigh the benefits.’